Arsene Wenger has no ambitions to return to Arsenal, four years after he left. The Frenchman won three league titles and seven FA Cups in 22 years as Arsenal manager.
He resigned in 2018 amid mounting frustration with Wenger and the club’s ownership. Since then, he hasn’t been affiliated with the team, despite his 20-year history.
It led current manager and former player Mikel Arteta to call for a potential return in some capacity. “I think he would have a great time just seeing the environment that he can create around him when he’s around this place,” he said.
When asked about his prospective role, the Spaniard said, “I can’t tell you now, but I’d like him to be closer to me since he’ll be a big assistance.”
Wenger’s present post as FIFA’s Global Development chief seems to preclude a return to Arsenal. Former vice-chairman David Dein hosted an event to promote his new book, Calling the Shots.
“I haven’t been there since 2018,” he remarked. After 22 years as manager, maybe I hit a wall and people desired a change.
“I understand why the club took a different path. My presence could have caused problems when a new crew is needed.
“I stayed away to let the club rebuild under a new manager.” I never talked about Arsenal or returned to the Emirates because I didn’t want to be a bad influence.
“But I still feel my life is linked to Arsenal, so I watch them on TV and travel for Fifa.”